Rachel Hortman is the associate art director at Atlanta magazine and the founding art director for Dope Girls, a not-for-profit zine about feminine weed-culture. Prior to working at a glossy, she spent 2.5 years as a graphic designer for Creative Loafing, helping steer the alt-weekly towards a graphic, in-your-face design approach with little-to-no budget.
Rachel Hortman grew up in the suburbs of D.C. and was heavily influenced by the D.I.Y. punk scene lingering from the city's hardcore heyday. Her formative years were spent behind a drumkit and designing logos, album covers and gig posters. A few years playing music in Nashville - culminating with a two week gig selling merch for alt-rock legends, Mudhoney - convinced her to switch focus to her love for design. After a year at Watkins College of Art and Design, she moved to Atlanta to work under the mentorship of Art Director Wes Duvall.